Thursday, December 28, 2017

Who's on the Board 2018

Prepare yourself, Interweb. In a few short days, your new feed will explode with endless "New Year, New Me," posts. Those four cringe-worthy words will be followed by either a seflie or empty promises about gym memberships.

Don't get me wrong, I am all about fresh starts and self improvement, but there are so many other ways to achieve that. Here's something I think all of us should consider going into 2018.

One of my managers came up to me while I was working and asked me, "Do you know who's on your on your Board of Directors?"

Crap. I don't know. Is this a trick question?? Do we even have a board of directors?? I answered it in the safest and most honest way I could:

"...I'm not sure what you mean."

It wasn't a test. It wasn't even about work. It was a metaphor- one about my life. Who are my "Board of Directors"? Who are the people who look out for me? Who are the ones I can count on? The ones who will celebrate my successes and help me work through the mistakes?

"I want you to think about that and who those individuals are and take them with you into the new year with you."

Then she walked away. Just like that. I stood there for a moment feeling like she was should sort of wise mirage.

She is right. Sometimes the best way to achieve self-improvement to surround ourselves with those
"Board of Directors." We need to be reminded that. There are people in our lives for a reason, and we get to choose them (besides family). The people who will laugh, cry, and be honest with us whether we want to hear or not. They are the ones to we can count on. They want to see the successes, and provide comfort through the failures. Friendship should never be about jealously, competition, or putting each other down. It's all about support, growth, and simply love.

So heading into 2018, carry those with you who have always carried you. Who is on your "Board of Directors" and who's list do you want to be on? Life is short, weird, and beautiful. You should take no one for granted nor allow yourself to be taken for granted. Now that sounds like some new year improvement to me.

Cheers to a new year. Til next time,

Nat

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Home and the Holidays

I survived December in New York City. More importantly, I survived December working in retail and fine dining in New York City.  *pause and takes a bow*

It was an physically, emotionally, and mentally-demanding month, but I loved every second of it. Living here during the holiday season is as magical as the movies make it seem. Yeah, the rude Grinch-like humans still exist and want to crush your Christmas cheer, but the trick is to ignore them. There is so much happening all the time that it is so easy to switch your focus- yeah that woman almost knocked me over with her Macy's bags, but look at that adorable little boy giving a homeless man $2. 

Maybe my optimistic holiday outlook also has to do with the fact that I got my wish this year. On Christmas Eve I will be leaving the concrete jungle and traveling to the evergreens of PA to spend Christmas with my family. This is something I was not expecting- especially with the industries I work in.  

I find myself day-dreaming of the gluten-free cheese balls (meatless meatballs), buffalo chicken dip, and endless delicious food that awaits me. My Cheerios and coffee diet may favor my wallet, but not my belly. I cannot wait to snuggle my Diva and dress her up in her  Xmas sweater. What I look forward to the most, though, is watching the Christmas episode of SpongeBob at my Aunt's and seeing if I can still quote the whole thing.

I'm a sap for the holidays. I know it, and now so do all of you. Being away from home makes me truly appreciate those little things, I hope everyone out there is able to do the same. Presents are overrated, family is not. 


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Til next time,

Nat